Sunday, May 10, 2015

MBWS: Assuage

So, it's been a while since the last MBWS post, and if there's any excuse, it's that I've been reasonably inspired since then, and less so of late. Remember, I'm always happy to voice my commentary of anything going on in the world or in your head (and it's a coin toss to which is more vast), especially if it involves dreaming.

In the meantime, on with this week's word:

Each one eats to assuage his own hunger; so too, each one must discover the best way to appease his own spiritual hunger. Do not be led away by the scorn of others, or by the recommendations of others.
  - Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Assuage is a bit like sate, except it doesn't necessarily bring satisfaction (like eating does for hunger). Rather, it means to reduce the intensity of something. Thus, eating to reduce hunger pains instead of eating to be free of hunger entirely.

I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Rather than barreling into a situation uninformed and asking for trouble, reading (not necessarily of a book) reduces the likelihood of finding said trouble, and the degree of trouble found. Again, assuage doesn't mean to make the possibility of trouble vanish, it only reduces and minimizes it.

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